Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbier DunkelErdinger Weissbier Dunkel

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Erdinger Weissbräu

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Carefully selected dark malts with delicate roasting aromas give ERDINGER Dunkel its full-bodied flavor and strong character.

This elegant wheat beer has a lustrous, deep dark-brown appearance in the glass. The first sip reveals a harmonious symphony of carefully selected wheat and barley malts with exquisite Hallertau aroma hops. The taste buds detect hints of caramel, nuts and fresh bread. An unmistakable top-fermenting accent is provided by ERDINGER’s traditional yeast.

ERDINGER Dunkel first saw the light of day in 1989, when ERDINGER’s master brewers created a dark wheat beer as a birthday present for the private brewery’s owner, Werner Brombach. He liked it so much that he decided to put it on the market in 1990.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour. Heady beige foam atop. Spices, peat, and roasted malts in the nose. Flavours include sweet candy malts, a subtle spiceyness, with mild earthy peaty flavours in the finish. Medium light bodied, with a somewhat watery finish. No trace of the ABV. Pretty good Dunkel.

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Photo of rale
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of lgmol
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ssgunbond
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of StevieW
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shiny dark brown, wet shoe leather color. Big, fizzy, tan head. Full of sweet necter and thick yeast smells. Lots of sweet, but not syrupy, malt taste. Great balance of the natural wheat flavors, subtle bananas, and clove, and a really good rich creamy sweet malt middle. Nice crisp and clean finish. You expect a dark beer to be a little more bodied, but it is very refreshing, and really easy to drink. I had this with leftover roast beef, roasted red potatos, steamed vegetables. A great beer with dinner.

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Photo of vancurly
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper, tan head, which fades.
Nose of blackcurrant, some tinned corn (DMS ?), grains, dark malt.
Complex malty palate, almost smoky. Doughy, wheaty aftertastes.
A fairly light finish, which is according to style apparently. Never thought of dark beers as session beers, but I reckon the Dunkelweissbier style fits the bill.... malty complexity with dry light finish.
I reckon this would make a great breakfast beer, if such things were allowed in my house...

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Photo of vma
4.88/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of allstar255
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of PaulyB83
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from pint bottle into a Guinness glass. Best by 08-2014

A- Pours a deep, dark brown that is very murky with light coming in on the edges when the glass is tilted. High slightly brownish-white head.

S- Slight dark fruit, fruit cakey thing going on, light spice of clove and allspice.

T- Taste is more like a normal Hefe with light spice, banana, and orange zest. Some added dark fruit in there as well.

M- Light and refreshing.

O- I nice lighter version of a dunkel, I enjoyed the added raisin notes and enjoyed this much more than Erdinger's regular hefe. A very affordable beer as well, a quality pint of beer for 2 bucks is always welcomed.

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Photo of Beric
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of KFBR392
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with about three fingers of head. Active carbonation working in the glass throughout. Dark brown on the edges where some light gets in, the rest sits black in the glass.

Smell: Big potent front of cloves, banana, dark fruits, and earthy spices. Strong yeast, leafy greens, and fruit aroma opens up and carries the body throughout. Nutmeg and cinnamon pop up more noticeably on the back end.

Taste: Dark complex fruits open up right away. Light base of spices and leafy greens back it up and carry into the body. The cloves and vegetal flavors continue to grow and peak at the back. Lingering yeast medium bodied dryness sticks around on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Bold full bodied mouthfeel. Lots of creamy malt cover the palate with plenty of the yeast tones dancing on the tongue as well.

Overall: I sometimes get caught up in the world of American craft beer with something new coming out every day and forget about some of the really great beers that have been around forever. The darker fruits in this beer really shine through. All the traditional Hefe accents one would look for.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Dark brown with a huge, creamy head. The aroma is wheat with some spiciness and hops. The flavor is very doughy, with chocolate and spice. Some toasted malt flavor. This beer is strange, and it's not really what I expected, but it's not bad. Not malty enough, or spicy enough. Medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability. There's nothing wrong with this beer, but it would be better if all the flavors were turned up a little. Still, I prefer this to the regular hefe.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of MJ64
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Long813
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Erdinger Weizen Glass

A: Dark chesnut bpdy, some light escapes around the edges of the glass. There is three fingers of thick creamy off-white head with good retention. It leaves thick fomay lacing.

S: Caramel, roasted nuts, figs and raisins. The aromas are not overly strong here.

T: Figs and roasted nuts are the strongest which are followed by sweet caramel. Seems to end off with a slight assortment of hops.

M: Light bodied, medium low-carbonation. It feels very smooth around the mouth and leaves a bitter-sweet finish with the taste of figs and caramel.

D: Not a bad beer, I don't know how this comapres to other dunkels but I wouldn't be resilient to try them. Very tasty if you enjoy the taste of the darker fruits.

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Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of TheHammer
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at the LCBO, it claims on the label to be brewed according to the purity law of 1516. Given that this is a wheat beer, I think they should review what exactly the Reinheitsgebot entails. Anyways, onto the review.

Appearance: Whoa Nelly, way too much head as a modest pour has produced half a glass of it. Not really much more can be said besides that, apart that it retained well and left some mild lacing. The beer is a deep dark brown, as I'd expect from a Dunkel and seems decently carbonated.

Smell: It's nice, although not especially pronounced or varied, as it smells of malt & wheat mixed with a dark chocolate caramel. There really isn't any additional complexity.

Taste: A very nice and rich beer, as it starts with a light wheaty caramel that turns to a more robust sweet roast malt with some nutmeg and chocolate notes and the barest touch of banana and ending with neigh unnoticeable herb like hops. I've never encountered a wheat beer with such a simple and easy taste, but that's not necessarily a bad thing here.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with a carbonation that might leave you thinking it was poured with a nitro. It does leave the mouth a little moist but it makes up for that with a delightfully light chocolate caramel aftertaste that lingers for just the right amount.

Drinkability: Smooth as silk going down the hatch, decently refreshing but I little bit heavy on the gut. No gas issues to speak of, but I could see the sweetness getting old fast with this offering.

Final Thoughts: Well this was my first Dunkelweizen and I have to say, I'm a fan. I've really taken a liking to wheat beers, and this one is no exception. If you are a hop head, you will not enjoy this beer, however I am a bit of a sweet tooth, and that really comes out with this one. Great dessert beer, or something to have by the fireplace.

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Photo of karst
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at the monthly M.A.S.H. homebrewers meeting I dropped by Chefs Pantry in Rolla, Mo to find a case just being unloaded from the wholesaler.
Pint 0.9 fluid ounces "Best Before end of 10-2005" on label.

Dark murky mahogany brown body. The hand sized head Looks great and is nitro-like, thick and creamy kicking up strong enough beading to produce a downward counterflow.

The aroma is of chocolate with some caramel and dark bread.

Taste similar, these improve at 50°F and above. The dark fruits and a smooth chocolate covered banana middle mixes well with a light cocoa feel. Lighter than expected mouthfeel.

Drinks well, best with only a slight chill.

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Photo of carln26
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A few yeas ago, I was fortunate to do some business traveling in Europe and used Munich as the base for the trips. The hotel I stayed at, had Erdinger beer on tap at all of their bars, so I really acquired a taste for this fine product. In a recent trip to Denver, I stopped in at Falling Rock, and saw this beer on draft. I had to try it. If only the reality met the memory. I was mildly disappointed. The beer poured a dark brown with a nice head for a Hefe, and a minimal lace. No real nose to speak of, light citrus aroma, no cloves or malt. The taste was primarily a light malt flavor, and gain, none of the citrus or spice I expected from this beer. As with any Hefeweizen (dunkel or otherwise) it had a nice light mouth feel and was very drinkable. My memories of this beer led me to expect much more. I know the lines had just been cleaned, and the folks at Falling Rock seem to really care for their beer, so I must assume that time had blinded me on the quality of this brew.

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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